MLB.com’s William Ladson reports that the Nationals have signed first baseman Kila Ka’aihue to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Ka’aihue, 30, has spent the last two seasons with the Hiroshima Carp in the Japan Central League. In 600 plate appearances, he hit .258./.358./.443 with 25 home runs and 85 RBI. Ka’aihue was taken in the 15th round of the 2002 draft by the Royals and remained in the organization through 2011 before moving on to the Athletics and Royals.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.
Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.
The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.